"anvilfire! had 5,500 hits to the main page in May (a slow month). That's some 12,650 hits in aggregate . . ."
At the close of the 1st Quarter of 2000:
Our aggregate hits were up to an average of 22,150 per month. Total traffic has been doubling every six months. We are archiving over 400Kb of Q&A from the guru page every month. Double what it was in 1999. We now archive it every 7 days. The Slack-Tub Pub logs must be cleared every 24 hours. There are now 45 iForge demos, 14 posted this Quarter.
SPRING 2001 * We have our first 50,000 visitor month!
That is a hit rate of 10 times two years ago! This means that this year we will have as many visits as in the previous 3 combined!
NOVEMBER 18, 2001 * We have our 1,000,000th visitor!
That is 511,000 visitors for the year to date, 23,000 more than the cummulative visits in the prior 3 years (see prediction above)! And this was after a miserable 4 month period on the net following the spring crash of the "DOT-COMS", the 4 month slump in the economy and 9/11. Otherwise we would have had our millionth visitor in late September.
August 15, 2002 * We have our 1,700,000 Visitor!
That is ONE MILLION Visits to anvilfire since May 17th of last year (15 months). August 2002 saw 97,000 visits, just one days worth short of 100,000/month!
NOVEMBER 1, 2002 * We have our 2,000,000th visitor!
That is over ONE MILLION per year (353 days). Our curent traffic rate is 1.67 million/year and will exceed 2 million/year sometime next year! This is following the same increase that has had us equaling the total accumulated traffic of the prior years!
January 1, 2002 @ 1,089,000 YEAR START!
July 1, 2002 @ 1,570,000 (wee hours) Posted Chapter 6 of Jim Paw-Paw Wilson's Revolutionary Blacksmith and the July installment of Ray Smiths Notebook of Metalworking Origins.
July 2, 2002 @ 1,572,910 (wee hours) Archived the guru page for the last week of June. We archived a record 754kb of Q&A for June.
Traffic in visits for June was down (80,000) but page hits and other traffic indicators were up. That means folks have been spending more time during their visits.
July 8, 2002 @ 1,590,385 Added photos to ViCopper's lost wax casting demo and my experiances of what can go wrong. . .
July 9, 2002 @ 1,594,191 (late) Finished editing the new Web Site and HTML FAQ. Added the section on Search Engines after 3 people had viewed the page. Updated the SPAM and Virus FAQ.
July 10, 2002 @ 1,597,122 (late) Added links to CASTING101 on the links page and the Lost Wax casting demo.
Posted iForge demo #140, Part II of Locks and Keys.
We have 1588 users registered for the Slack-Tub Pub and 8 waiting.
We have 118 CSI members not including the 5 "gurus".
July 14, 2002 @ 1,605,922 We are making progress on our NEW store with shoping cart! Look for it soon!
We have 1602 users registered for the Slack-Tub Pub
We have 119 CSI members not including the 5 "gurus".
July 22, 2002 @ 1,627,652 NEW BOOK REVIEW: The Italian Masters of Wrought Iron on the Book Review page. This is one of a series of books we will be posting reviews on from our new sponsor ArtisanIdeas.com.
ArtisanIdeas.com is a North American distributor of European fine art books and have several on wrought iron work.
July 25, 2002 @ 1,638,032
We have had 84,000 visits in the last 30 days.
Last night we posted our 141st iForge demo.
We have archived 183 pages of our forums.
We have 1630 registered Slack-Tub Pub users. It is time for a check-up mailing.
We have 120 CSI members not including the 5 "gurus".
July 31, 2002 @ 1,656,100
Posted a new iForge demo reporting on testing the ability of ITC-100 to protect Kaowool from flux damage.
Posted a new entry on Catal Huyuk or Çatalhöyük the ancient metalworking center in Ray Smith's Notebook of Metalworking Origins. (Story page).
August 1, 2002 @ 1,657,000
Posted chapter 7 of Book II of Paw-Paw's Revolutionary Blacksmith
We had 87,000 visits in July. Back to our high of 2 visitors per minute!
We have 1641 registered Slack-Tub Pub users. It is time for a check-up mailing.
August 4, 2002 @ 1,664,569
Updated the International Glossary with new Dutch and Afrikaans words and added credits for three new contributors. We have a complete list of Italian words to add but I have not had time to enter them.
August 5, 2002 @ 1,667,156
Updated Paw-Paw's iForge demo #66 on Safety.
August 10, 2002 @ 1,684,524
Updated the International Glossary with the Italian supplied by Alessandro Konoscenza of Italy (visiting the US). Also made corrections to the HTML.
August 11, 2002 @ 1,686,839
Updated the International Glossary again with corrections. Added Solubor to the Borax FAQ and updated the Virus_SPAM FAQ.
August 12, 2002 @ 1,688,490
We have 123 CSI members not including the 5 "gurus".
We have 1655 registered Slack-Tub Pub users. It is past due for a check-up mailing.
We often have registration mail bounce. You will NOT be registered if your address is bad.
And we cannot contact you about it either!
Updated the Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association link on the ABANA-Chapter page. PLEASE let us know when your group's URL changes!
August 13, 2002 @ 1,693,089
Updated the benders article with a third page covering some custom benders for pickets and U-bolts.
August 14, 2002 @ 1,696,844
AUCTION! See the Forging Hammer by James Joyce on the anvilfire AUCTION page! A beautiful tool!
NOTE: If you registered for the auction page you MUST activate your registration by using the link sent in your confirmation e-mail before bidding or listing an auction!
If you have LOST your activation mail then contact us from the e-mail address you used to register WITH your login of other identifying information and we can activate your account.
August 15, 2002 @ 1,700,000 Visitors!
Time flys when you are having fun!!! OR the bills or due. . .
That is ONE MILLION Visits to anvilfire since May 17th of last year (15 months). At the current rate of traffic we will break the TWO MILLION mark well before the end of this year. We will have had as many visitors in one year as the accumulated visits of the previous four years!
August 15, 2002 @ 1,700,992
NEW Listing! 300# Bradley Power hammer for sale
August 16, 2002 @ 1,702,317
Updated the iForge Anvil Stands demo with new photos and text.
Updated the iForge ITC Testing demo (twice) with results from second test.
August 17, 2002 @ 1,706,000
Updated the iForge Anvil Stands demo (again!) with comments from Steve Barringer.
We have 124 CSI members not including the 5 "gurus".
August 18, 2002 @ 1,709,000
Updated the Slack-Tub Pub, made input box bigger (15%), removed no-frames support, reduced IDLE to 20 minutes. Kiwi recompiled the CGI code and debugged my error.
Setup a test URL for the CSI auto-login to the pub. This is so the CSI members do not need to login twice to use the Pub. Test URL is in the members forum. This will also put the Viewlog routine and the ROOM 101 controls inside the password protected area.
August 19, 2002 @ 1,710,684
Updated the drop down menu. Fully alphabetized the sections. Added and removed entries.
ALWAYS Changing! Always Improving! anvilfire.com!
August 20, 2002 (wee hours) @ 1,713,031 Launched the improved Slack-Tub Pub V.II.
New opening page without the log window and control panel these are now "inside".
August 20, 2002 @ 1,714,417 Launched NEW ABANA-Chapter banner system with standard size banner, [ABANA-Chapter.com] button and drop-down menu listing sponsors (including CSI). Randomized banners are not yet enabled.
August 21, 2002 @ 1,718,245 Archived the 190th anvilfire forum archive. Each weekly archive is now nearly double the size of those a year ago. This is just one more area when anvilfire's growth is doubling every year. Will we have two million site visits during the next year? Very possibly!
August 27, 2002 @ 1,739,408 Added THREE new members to the CSI roster!
We now have 126 CSI members not including the 5 "gurus".
August 29, 2002 @ 1,744,382
Many appologies to those that have tried to register for the Slack-Tub Pub in the past couple weeks! I had closed down a dozen or so "extra" mailboxes to cut down on SPAM. One was acidentaly the pub registration address.
Slack-Tub Pub Registration Form
September 1, 2002 @ 1,754,000 = 97,000 Visits in August 2002!
That is one day's worth of traffic less than 100,000 visits for the month. Average page views are over ten times that (One million page views per month). Traffic was up 10% over the previous month.
Posted the 8th installment of Ray Smith's Notebook of Metalworking Origins.
Posted three iForge demos in August including part three on Locks and Keys. Originaly this was going to be a three part series but have more to add.
September 2, 2002 @ 1,757,447
Posted Chapter 8 of Book II of Paw-Paw's Revolutionary Blacksmith
Archived this page for the first half of 2002.
We now have:
127 CSI members not including the 5 "gurus".
1682 registered Slack-Tub Pub users. It is WAY past due for a check-up mailing.
145 Step by step illustrated iForge demos.
192 forum archives
Currently we archive five (5) 100k forum pages per month and post an average of 3 iForge demos plus 2 serial story pages. That is 10 new web pages every month not including news articles, FAQs and other articles.
September 10, 2002 @ 1,789,500
Posted report on cheep Russian Anvils.
September 11, 2002 @ 1,791,330
Posted the 27th Edition of the anvilfire NEWS! (14 pages).
September 12, 2002 @ 1,795,823
Updated names in the Epps Hammer-In article in the NEWS. Later in evening I uploaded some finished pages in the Jefferson Smiths article (pages 9-10). . . missed loading them yesterday!
We now have:
128 CSI members not including the 5 "gurus".
1725 registered Slack-Tub Pub users.
September 13, 2002 @ 1,798,000
Added Mass3j to drop down menu and wrote to several sites that list on-line calculators asking for a link.
September 14, 2002 @ +1,801,000 Visitors!
Time flys when you are having fun!!! OR the bills or due. . .
That is over 100,000 visits in 29 days and ONE MILLION visits to anvilfire since July 24th of last year (13.6 months).
* Multiple daily visits are not counted in single browser sessions (IE, the browser not shut down). Therefore the number of users visiting twice a day or more may be higher. Calculated at 125,000 visits with average of 500 logins. Groupings above based on educated guesses dividing bell curve.
September 15, 2002 @ 1,803,100 (wee hours)
Corrected numbers above based on spreadsheet calculations
September 16, 2002 @ 1,809,436
We now have 129 CSI members not including the 5 "gurus".
AND we have 1738 registered Slack-Tub Pub users.
We are averaging 3500 visits a day this month. This coincides roughly with our estimate above that we have over 6,000 regular users that visit the page on average every other day.
September 19, 2002 @ 1,820,532
Updated the Russian anvil report with rebound testing and a note about cast iron anvils. Updated the anvil rebound test page.
September 20, 2002 @ 1,823,487
September 20, 2002 @ 1,825,500
Launched NEW Store with shopping cart and NEW products! ITC-100, Kaowool and Safety Glasses.
24,000 visitors in 6 days! An average of 4,000 visitors a day!!!
September 21, 2002 @ 1,828,863
Updated the NEW store forms and setup a temporary new CSI member's payment form. LOTS of odd forms to do still. . . .
September 22, 2002 @ 1,829,363 (wee hours)
We now have 130 CSI members not including the 5 "gurus".
AND we have 1746 registered Slack-Tub Pub users.
September 30, 2002 @ 1,860,756
History of Welding by Mark Sapp has a new URL http://weldinghistory.org. We missed the announcement in the spring but have tracked it down and fixed our links. Updated the Russian anvil report AGAIN with a metalurgical finding. The Kaowool page has been corrected to show the temperature rating of the grade we sell as being 2,400°F.
October 1, 2002 @ 1,865,000 111,000 Visits in September 2002!
Traffic was up 13%. That is an annual rate over 1.3 million. We are well on our way to a 1.6 to 1.8 million hit year in 2003!
Posted the next chapter of Paw-paw's The Revolutionary Blacksmith and the next entry Ray Smith's Notebook of Metalworking Origins. Illustrations still need to be processed for The Revolutionary Blacksmith.
October 2, 2002 @ 1,871,401
By popular request we now have 1/2" Kaowool in the store. However, due to the perplexities of the Universe it is higher priced than the 1". The primary reason is demand. It costs my supplier more and he charges me more and so. . . I must charge you more. But if you MUST have 1/2" Kaowool to fit an existing space then we DO have it and you can order it by the foot, partial carton or full carton (24" x 25 feet or 300 inches).
We are also making adjustments to our shipping system rate calculations. Fine tuning the system. For some reason the shipping on Anvils in America doubles. If you order it, we will credit the excess shipping.
October 3, 2002
Added a Kaowool Product Safety Information sheet to the Kaowool sales literature links.
NOTE: This page is only for the 1/2" product we carry. The 1" is slightly different material and is less dusty.
October 4, 2002 @ 1,878,668
Updated last night's iForge Demo on NC-TOOL forge rebuilding including a link to the Kaowool Safety Information sheet above.
October 5, 2002 @ 1,883,066
Updated the NC-TOOL forge rebuilding demo AGAIN, correcting some spelling and typos as well as reformating the text a little. Added a note to the STORE/books page that we only sell the Dave Manzer video in the U.S. Fixed the doubling of shipping charges on Anvils in America and now have the sales form validating for missing input.
YES, that was 4,400 visits since yesterday (about 30 hours)! That is 5 visitors ever two minutes which means there is probably 20 to 30 people on-line on anvifire at any given moment on average. It is getting to be a LOT to keep up with.
I'm WAY behind in pub registrations. . . my most embarrased appologies. . . trying to catch up.
Updated the Coal and Charcoal FAQ.
October 9, 2002 @ 1,898,520
We have TWO new CSI members bringing the total to 132 not including the 5 "gurus" .
Midnight. . . We now have 133 CSI members.
October 15, 2002 @ 1,921,677
Posted a NEW book review of Giuseppe Ciscato's, Il Letto e Dintorni (Beds and Bedroom Accessories) from ArtisanIdeas.com. If you had seen this review earlier an unfinished version had accidentally been posted.
Counting down to less than a month before we have a total of TWO MILLION site visits!
We now have 134 CSI members.
October 20, 2002 @ 1,945,920 / 43,259
Updated the iForge anvil stands demo yet AGAIN with a beautiful stand by Jim Carothers.
October 22-23, 2002 @ 1,956,474
Added a Celtic New Year (Samhain) ghost story by J.M. Gerlinsky to the story page.
October 25-27, 2002 @ 1,974,435 Updated my Netscape browser to 4.7 and have found numerous buggy things that worked in 4.0 but not 4.7. . . I can no longer recommend NEW copies of Netscape because 5 and 6.x are so buggy.
Added the new Texas group Balcolny Forge and Mid Ohio Blacksmiths (MOB) to the ABANA-Chapter page.
October 31, 2002 @ 1,995,000
Posted part four of our Locks and Keys iForge series (padlocks) including a link to a NEW site I am working on, OldLocks.com. This site currently has links to locksmithing articles on anvilfire and two articles I wrote for OldLocks.com. One is a book review of an out of print book and the other is titled "Lock Picking for Lock Designers". Since this is a related but different subject than blacksmithing our future locksmithing articles will be hosted at that address.
Posted part two of Ray Smiths series on Mesopotamia in his Notbook of Metalworking Origins.
Traffic at anvilfire has taken another huge leap to over 5,000 hits/day and we will break the 2,000,000 mark much sooner than I thought (sometime tonight)!
November 1, 2002
Our annual traffic rate based on October's traffic is now 1.67 Million per year and we will easily exceed 2 million per year next year. This is following the continuing trend that has had us equaling the total accumulated traffic of prior years in each sucessive year! This means that we should have a 2,000,000 visitor year in 2003! That requires a thousand more visits per day or an average of 3.8 visitors per minute.
In October we posted two new iForge demos and added a chapter in Paw-Paw's Revolutionary Blacksmith and Ray Smith's Notebook of Metalworking Origins. We also posted a ghost story by J.M. Gerlinsky and updated the anvil stand iForge demo. We added three groups to the ABANA-Chapter.com page and launched OldLocks.com to compliment our series of iForge demos on locks and keys. AND we archived our 200th guru's den archive. . .
OldLocks.com launched with the first of several book reviews on locksmithing books we plan and an article on lock design.
November 1, 2002 @ 2,001,900 (midnight) Added a link to the a page with the AnvilfireFoto yahoo! group. Paw-Paw setup this group as a place for anvilfire users to post images and is the moderator of this group. To use or join this group you must have a yahoo! ID.
Yahoo, uses their ID system to collect personal information as well as demographics. We do not recommend you use your read name in yahoo groups. Although this is a closed moderated group we cannot garantee that your e-mail will not be spammed as a result of membership in a yahoo group.
November 3, 2002 @ 2,012,008 Added the words "spelter" and "penny weld" to the general glossary.
November 10, 2002 @ 2,035,076 Posted a new book review by Bruce Blackistone of Medieval Decorative Ironwork in England by Jane Geddes. Archived the guru page, a record 280kb achive. Added a counter to the Wayne Goddard book review with an estimated start.
Later @ 2,037,195
We now have 135 CSI members not including the 5 "gurus".
AND we have 1843 registered Slack-Tub Pub users. Getting caught up. .
November 12, 2002 @ 2,043,166 wee hours Updated the Medieval Decorative Ironwork in England book review with new images.
November 13, 2002 @ 2,052,418 Posted the 150th iForge demo, "Braiding Iron" by Jim carothers.
We are now registering 5 to 10 Slack-Tub Pub users per day. . .
We have 1865 registered Slack-Tub Pub users.
Our traffic rate is at 121,000 visits/month or 1.45 million/year. Slightly down from last month.
November 15, 2002 @ 2,059,310 Posted a second Kaowool Product Safety Label. The 1" and 1/2" products we carry are a slightly different product and the warnings are different.
November 18, 2002 @ 2,076,233
We now have 138 CSI members not including the 5 "gurus".
AND we have 1882 registered Slack-Tub Pub users.
November 22, 2002 @ 2,089,299
Posted a new book review of The art of Firing by Nils Lou.
Updated the graphic and icon on the Pounding out the Profits review. Updated some technical details in the store that may fix some bugs.
November 22, 2002 @ 2,090,178
Corrected spelling and added "click to enlarge" notes to the Art of Firing book review.
December 1, 2002 @ 2,125,581
We had 125,581 visits to anvilfire in the last 30 days. Slightly less than last month. This is a hit rate of 4,186/day or 1.53 million per year. Our average rate of traffic for the past two months is still 1.6 million/year.
Last night we launched banners for the NEW Pieh Tool Company. Coming soon on the Internet AND a store near you!
We now have 140 CSI members not including the 5 "gurus".
In November we posted:
Only one new iForge demo (sorry. . I've been busy)
December 4, 2002 @ 2,138,761 (wee hours)
We now have 1919 registered Slack-Tub Pub users and there are a dozen more registrations to process. . . The average registration delay is now about 4 days and we have had several days when a dozen folks registered on ONE day.
December 4, 2002 @ 2,139,820
We now have 1929 registered Slack-Tub Pub users (two had bogus e-mail addresses and were not registered).
December 11, 2002 @ 2,172,421
Posted a Jewler's Saw Blade FAQ on the FAQ's page.
December 18, 2002
Posted a new Christmas iForge demo by Glenn and Sean Conner. That is demo #153
Also corrected the link to Paw-Paw's web site on his basket twist iForge demo and divided the that page "hit" counts with another that accidently had duplicated the counter.
December 20, 2002 @ 2,212,588
Updated the Kaowool page to make it easier to differenciate between 1/2" and 1" product on the order form.
Average visits to anvilfire over the last 50 days, 4250 per day. On average 3 people log on every minute! If the average visitor stays on anvilfire for 15 minutes there is a minimum of 40 people viewing anvilfire at any given time. In fact we have at least 200 folks that are online here at least 8 hours a day so that number is much higher.
We now have 1990 registered Slack-Tub Pub users but I have not done a check up mailing in many months so that number is high.
We now have 141 CSI members not including the 5 "gurus".
THANK YOU CSI MEMBERS! Without you there would be no anvilfire!
Added an anvilfire Testimonials Page.
December 22, 2002 @ 2,220,384
We now have over 2,000 registered Slack-Tub Pub users! We now have 142 CSI members not including the 5 "gurus".
December 24, 2002 @ 2,226,975
anvilfire consists of over 16,000 files in over 830 folders.
This does not include ABANA-Chapter or our Rings server.
December 31, 2002 @ 2,255,000 Year END.
That was 255,000 visits from November 1st until December 31st (61 days) with an average of 4180 visits per day. We have averaged 4383 visits/day since new years. That is a 1.6 million visit per year rate. At our current rate of growth we will likely end 2003 at a rate of over 2.5 million visits per year.